San Ramon : Costa rica


What It Is Like to Retire in San Ramon

San Ramon, Costa Rica is a small village being developed with several retirement communities popular with American expatriates. The town is about a 45 minute drive from great beaches. The town is an area with sweeping views of the mountains and the coast. The climate is pleasant year round. The city lies at an elevation of 1,057 meters above sea level in the Cordillera de Tilarán. While retaining its rich heritage and tradition, San Ramón continues to serve as a link between the agricultural communities further north in the Meseta Central and the central cities of San Jose, Alajuela, Heredia, and Cartago. It is 58 km from the capital of San Jose. For more about retiring to this beautiful country see our retirement guide to Costa Rica.

San Ramon is a medium sized city with all services available, groceries, doctors, dentists, Internet Cafes, bakeries, banks, hardware stores, 3 screen cinema and a BBQ joint with draft beer.


Where to Retire in San Ramon and Home Prices

There are several developments and areas where expats tend to settle. On one web site searching for San Ramon real estate we found an "affordable" home for $198,000. Some are available for less, while larger homes and estates with ocean and mountain views can go into the millions.


What Is Special about San Ramon

Costa Rica has a stable government and a low cost of living. The people are friendly and it is an eco-paradise.

What Is Not Special about San Ramon

If you were looking for a community on the sea this one will make you drive to the ocean. This is definitely Costa Rica, not the U.S. when it comes to amenities and shopping.


Who Will Like Retirement in San Ramon

People looking for a low key place in a town in the hills of Costa Rica - especially people who admire nature.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Construction, tourism, agriculture (coffee, tropical ornamentals, sugar cane).


Climate and Physical Environment

The temperature is quite warm all year, given its proximity to the Equator. Because of its elevation just under 3,500', however, it is a bit cooler than other parts of the country. The rainy season is from June to October, during which frequent rains are a given.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

San Ramon is a large enough town that there are restaurants to choose from. The Alberto Manuel Brenes Biological Reserve is here.



There is some property crime. Many expats live in gated communities or have some type of security.


Medical Facilities

For more serious medical attention one would go to San Jose where there is quality health care available.



San Ramon, has country roads that take you up the mountain to an elevation of about 3,700 feet.  The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria, about a 40 minute drive.


Valuable Links

Town of San Ramon (in Spanish)


What people are saying about San Ramon

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